Newsletter

25 August 2017

From the Principal

I am very pleased to announce that Trinity Parents and Friends has been officially launched!

There were more than 100 parents at our Launch Event last Thursday night. The evening was a celebration of the pivotal partnership between parents and the College as we help our children grow into healthy, well-rounded adults.

The Inaugural Trinity P&F Meeting will be at 7pm on 12 September in the Senior Centre North at our Albury campus. Hope you can join us.

As part of the Trinity P&F we launched a number of new initiatives for parents:

  • SchoolTV – an online resource for Trinity parents. The SchoolTV website provides clear, relevant and fact-based information for raising safe, happy and resilient young people. If you are a Trinity parent, you now have access to SchoolTV at this link: http://trinityac.nsw.schooltv.me/launch
  • Parent Buddies – If you have an interest in supporting families that are new to Trinity, we would love to hear from you. Parent Buddies can also support Trinity families who are experiencing hardship or difficult family circumstances. You can register your interest through an email to pandf@trinityac.nsw.edu.au
  • Dinkum Dads is a new initiative – a gathering of men for fathers of Trinity students. Over the year we hope to run a handful of events for Dads. If you’d like to be involved, you can drop us an email at pandf@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

One of the great benefits of Trinity Anglican College is the quality of its parent body. When you enrol your children at Trinity, you join a community of parents who are passionate about education. And this parental passion has great outcomes for kids. There is substantial research to show that kids become better learners when their parents get involved in their education.[i]

At Trinity Anglican College, we’re about bringing out the best in each other.

Justin Beckett
Principal

[i] NSW Government, School A to Z website,  http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/wellbeing/development/children-thrive-on-parental-involvement

Upcoming Events

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Check out the full calendar

2017 Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award

Record 60 artists sign up for art exhibition
Artworks from 60 artists has outstripped last year’s record and raised the bar yet again for the Trinity Anglican College Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award from Friday 8 September to Sunday 10 September.

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The number of artists wanting to be a part of the exhibition has risen consistently each year and this year it is on the rise again – up from the 55 artists who exhibited in 2016.

Our feature artist Catherine Stewart recently presented a workshop for our Year 11 students as part of her contribution to the College and in her role as feature artist.

She encouraged them to explore using different mediums and layering their work. She also will present an Artist’s Talk on Saturday 9 September at 11am.
Catherine is coming into our exhibition off a highly successful solo exhibition at MAMA and will have six artworks for sale. She also is providing the first prize piece in our raffle.

The opening evening is becoming THE hottest social event on our College calendar. This is a big opportunity for our College community to come together to have some fun and enjoy fabulous artworks, good food, great wine and even better company.  You will see the Multi-purpose Hall done up as you’ve never seen it before – and it will be warm, thanks to the heaters now installed there!

Even if you don’t know your acryllics from your watercolours, don’t let that stop you.

You can come along just for the food! Ebden&Olive duo Jodie and Steve have always been great supporters of the night, providing platters of scrumptious food every year for the past four years. But this year we have taken the partnership a step further and they will exclusively cater for our hungry art lovers. Can’t wait to see their yummy finger food menu!

If not for the food, come for the wine! Pfeiffers of Rutherglen is our wine sponsor. What this means, apart from sharing their amazing wine, is that we are extremely lucky to have winemakers and cellarmasters, Chris and Robyn Pfeiffer, join us for the evening. We try to insist that Chris and Robyn come along to relax and enjoy the ambience but throughout the night we find they have drifted behind the bar where they are happily pouring and recommending wine to guests. Guess you can’t keep good winemakers away! Last year we had their crisp, dry 2016 pinot grigio, a very rich and generous 2014 cabernet merlot as well as everyone’s favourite, Pfeiffer’s Phizz.

All food and drink is included in the $30 entry ticket. We will repeat that – ALL FOOD AND DRINK IS INCLUDED IN YOUR $30 ENTRY TICKET!

Now add to that: live music from some of our more talented College musicians plus a special entertainment feature from our performing arts department. We’re going to keep you in suspense on that one – it might be musical, it might be dance or it might be drama – we are not revealing that until the night.

And finally, the reason for the art exhibition – the art. Last year we had more than 170 individual artworks to tempt and tantalise and we are expecting that or more this year. During the evening, we will announce the prizewinners of the $2000 Acquisitive Art Award, the $800 Regional Artist Award and our Small Space Award. And you will be able to meet our Feature Artist Catherine Stewart as well as many others who will be in attendance. Catherine has been a prizewinner at our exhibition in the past and we look forward to seeing what she will exhibit and sell this year. Catherine is definitely an artist of the moment, which will make the first prize of the raffle – one of her artworks – a much sought-after piece.

So get your friends together, dress up a little and bring your best festive mood to the Kell Moore Evening of Art. Maybe even add to your art collection by buying an artwork. All fundraising money benefits the College.

Go ahead and book your ticket: $30. https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=297051

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From the Deputy Principal

Mr Peter O’Neill
Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews:
Albury will be held in the Infants Centre, and Wodonga will be held in the Multi Purpose Hall with the booking code 4vsgv. Booking link is on the College website.
Monday 4 September – 3.30pm-6pm
Tuesday 5 September – 3.30pm-5.30pm

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong
Year 12 students:  back in class
Year 12 HSC Major Works and Performance examinations
Year 11 students:  End of Preliminary Course examinations
Year 11 Students:  the transition to Year 12 and alterations to patterns of study
Year 11 and 12 Study Hall:  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
Parents of Year 4 students:  AAS Testing

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Year 12 students: Back in class

Our Year 12 students have re-commenced classes after the fervent busyness that is the Trial Examination.  The students are receiving feedback from their teachers; their task now is to identify areas for improvement and hone practices.

Year 12 students have access to their final HSC exam timetable via the NSW Education Standards Authority website.

Year 12 HSC Major Works and Performance examinations

Students undertaking English Extension 2 have submitted their major works; their teacher is oh-so-proud of their efforts.  Mme Bennett, similarly, is glowing with praise for her French students who have completed their oral language examinations.  Students in Drama, Visual Art, Design and Technology and Music are focused on the submission of their major works and process diaries, and readying themselves for the arrival of the markers for the performance examinations.

We wish them well.

Year 11 students:  End of Preliminary Course examinations

Students in Year 11 are preparing for the very important end-of-course exams in their Preliminary HSC Course.   These exams take place across Week 7 and begin on Monday 4 September.  The students are approaching their assessments with seriousness and I encourage them to plague their teachers for advice and feedback; this is advice that their teachers will be very happy to impart!  Students should be engaged in producing well-structured and carefully-researched summary material to assist them in their endeavours.  The submission of draft material to their teachers for comment also will yield benefits for them.  We wish them very well in their study and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours as they tackle this important set of challenges.

Year 11 students:  the transition to Year 12 and alterations to patterns of study

As Year 11 students near the end of the Preliminary HSC Course, thoughts turn to the HSC pattern of study and questions about which subject might be dropped become a little more concrete and a little less speculative.

Apart from changes to Mathematics courses, subject changes will not take effect until the beginning of Term 4 at the commencement of the HSC course, but students will be asking questions and conversations might start at home around this topic.

At Trinity, we are very much of the belief that it takes a whole village to raise a young person.  So, when students change subjects, there is a process where they speak to all of the teachers involved.  The process is a self-directed one; furnished with a form, students engage in dialogue with, and obtain the signatures of, key people who can provide specialised advice.  These people include:

  • A parent/caregiver
  • Subject teachers
  • Pastoral Care Tutor or Head of House
  • Careers Advisor
  • Director of Studies

The change of subject form functions here as a mechanism to facilitate dialogue; the people who provide signatures will discuss the possible implications of the change with the student.  The form also functions as a tool to assist the student to notify all interested parties about the change.

This process of consultation will begin after the conclusion of the Year 11 examinations.

Year 11 and 12 Study Hall:  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

The College is offering students in Years 11 and 12 the opportunity to work in a study hall environment 2 afternoons a week.  These study sessions have proved popular during Semester 1.

In Term 3, these sessions will take place from 3.15 to 4.30pm Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, downstairs in the south building of the Senior School.

Students will be able to access study and writing tips and will receive study assistance from the supervising teachers as well as from the number of other teachers who drop in.

Parents of Year 4 Students:  AAS Testing

On 18 September, Year 4 students will undertake diagnostic testing that targets skills of reading, writing, general and non-verbal reasoning, spelling and Mathematics.  This will assist us to track the development of these students as they progress through the College.

Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.

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From the  College Chaplain

Rev Bryn Jones
Marriage Equality
It seems the plebiscite on Marriage Equality is panning out just as predicted. Some are scratching their heads, wondering what all the fuss is about while others imagine the end of the world.

It is heart breaking when an already marginalised group become the victims of opinion-mongering in the media.

Not all Christians are opposed to marriage equality. Anglicans, in particular, come from a tradition that has always placed equal importance on Scripture, Tradition and Reason. Each of those three strands is in creative tension with the others. When most Anglicans read the Bible (and some actually do!), we consider the whole of Scripture, not just isolated proof-texts. Anglicans also read Scripture in its historical and cultural context, recognising that the authors were working within the limitations of their own knowledge. Most importantly, Anglicans view all of Scripture through the lens of God revealed to us in Jesus.

My strong conviction is that Jesus and by extension, God, had a soft spot for the poor, the excluded and the marginalised. He always engaged the person rather than the issue. If we are worried about breaking the rules in this debate, it is salutary to remember that Jesus only ever gave one commandment – to love. That is the only rule I would be worried about breaking.

From the Director of Sport and Co-curricular

Mr Nash Clark

RAS – Primary Athletics
CIS 15 Years and Under and Open Netball Challenge 

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RAS – Primary Athletics
Trinity secured second place overall and had an age champion and a runner-up age champion at the RAS Athletics competition recently. Missing the champion school title by just a few points, it was a team effort by all students who competed with impeccable sportsmanship and endeavour that secured second place in a field of eight competitive Riverina schools.
A special mention must be made of our age champion for the Under 9s Siahn O’Sullivan and our runner up for the day Lachie Elgin.
Kaitlyn Wheeler
RAS-P Team Manager

CIS 15 Years & Under and Open Netball Challenge
Seven Senior School girls represented the College and RAS at the CIS 15 Years and Under and Open Netball Challenge Day in Sydney. The day was a CIS inter-association competition in addition to selection trial for the two CIS teams. Well done to all College girls, who by all accounts represented themselves and the College admirably. Congratulations to Shaylah House, who was selected in the Open CIS Netball team who will now compete in the NSW tri-series.

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong
Cooperative learning
Year 3 Excursion
ToM
P&F

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Overview
What a wonderful week as the students take part in a variety of excursions and extend their love of literature by being a part of the Book Week competitions and parade. All these experiences add to the richness that is learning. I thank the parents and other willing helpers for their work in supporting these innovations and am sure that all students are very appreciative. The Book Week activities ensure that students do not see literature as words but as keys to the imagination. Thanks to all the staff and Miss Sutton for all their work in a busy week.

Cooperative Learning
Many students benefit from working with their peers. This is very evident across all learning areas and is heralded by experts, and recent research, as a great way to consolidate and extend learning. When visiting various classrooms it is enlightening to hear the discussion between students as they increase their knowledge using a very important skill-set that is relevant when working together.

Year 3 Excursion
Wonga Wetlands – it was very appropriate, given the weather conditions of late, that our sustainability superstars headed to the wetlands on Monday. The learning outcomes are always enriched by this experience as it invariably become a reality.

ToM
The team is now working on the challenge that they will present in Wagga. The program is very interesting and we wish the students well as they search for a solution.

Assembly Program
As you are all aware various classes present at different assemblies. We also celebrate the achievements of student both in school and with external activities. It is a great time to celebrate and learn together. We look forward to next assembly as the Kindergarten classes take over in Assembly.

P&F
Thanks for all who had the time to attend the launch of the P&F. One aspect that was raised at the launch related to areas of specific help around special events at the College. One such event is Father’s Day. We are seeking support from interested parents to coordinate or help with the Father’s Day stall this year (Friday 1 September). Mrs Harrington has organised the stall for a number of years but is unable to continue due to other commitments. If you are able to help, please contact Cassie Piltz (cassie.piltz@trinityac.nsw.edu.au). Mrs Harrington has offered to pass on the relevant information.

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From the Wodonga Campus

Mr Chris O’Loan
Wrap up of events
100 Days of Prep – 100 days smarter
Eisteddfod Success
Deputy Principal’s Awards
Drop-off and pick-up arrangements :
Stage Door
Netball success
NAPLAN online
Fathers’ Day
Co-curricular activities cancelled September 4 and 5
Trial of New Lunch Arrangements

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Wrap up of events
We’ve had an exciting two weeks, with the singing group bringing home an Eisteddfod trophy, Preps completing 100 days of schooling, involvement in Stage Door, a hot lunch, a Book Character Parade and progressive reading. That is, the teachers sharing their favourite story with other classes.

100 Days of Prep – 100 days smarter
Thanks to Mrs Billington for the following report:
During Week 3, our Prep students celebrated their 100th day of school. Students engaged in many hands-on activities, including:

  • Exploring ways of counting to 100;
  • Finding out what 100 beads, pegs, blocks, matchsticks and lollies look like;
  • Making crowns assembled from 10 strips of paper, each of which detailed 10 items on a topic covered so far this year. Some of the favourites were: 10 friends I have made; 10 sight words I know, and 10 things I like to eat. The Preps were proud to discover that, on completing their crowns, they had written 100 things!

It was an exciting and meaningful day for our youngest students, who have grown in so many ways over the last 100 days.

Eisteddfod Success
The Singing Group came home with a first place trophy and ribbon. Well done everyone, and thanks to Mrs Lowe and Mrs Mancer for giving the students the opportunity to perform on the big stage.

Deputy Principal’s Awards
Congratulations to the following students on receiving a DP Award.

DP Awards    
Beau Gray Connor Skillicorn Laylah Jessop
Joseph Elderfield Lucas Honeychurch Jessica McGregor (2nd)
Fallon Locke Otto Crosthwaite Nelson Ward
Maeve Boyle Riley Edwards Charlie Cook
Ebony Deverell Vinuthi Siriwardana  
Assembly Awards    
Kade Deverell Alexandra Dover Tom Stefaniak
Joshua Feillafe Luken Hadley Adam Smith
Hogan Locke    

Drop-off and pick-up arrangements :
The safety of the student is always our primary concern and, with this in mind, I would ask parents and carers to drop off and pick up students in the College car park, NOT in the bus zone. This allows the bus stop to remain clear of cars and enhances safety.

Stage Door
Students from Year 3 and Year 6, plus the singing group, were involved in Stage Door at Victory Lutheran College recently. Thanks to everyone who embraced the day and particularly to Mrs Mancer and Mrs Lowe for providing the opportunity for our students to showcase their talents.

Netball success
Congratulations to Charlie Gray on her selection in the combined Trinity Anglican College Year 5/6 team to play in the Netball Victoria Schools Championships in Wangaratta on Friday 25 August. Good luck to all the team members.

NAPLAN online
NAPLAN online was completed with a minimum of fuss and thanks to all those students who were happy to engage. We know this is only a trial for online NAPLAN in the future but a recent survey of schools indicated 68% were happy with the way the trial had gone and 74% said their students had no problems being able to follow the format and instructions of the test. Thanks to our IT team for its work is getting the Campus ready to handle the task.

Fathers’ Day
The Campus Fathers’ Day Stall will be held on Friday 1 September. Don’t forget to drop in a gift beforehand if possible, and make sure your child comes on the day with a plastic bag and money to purchase a gift.

Co-curricular activities cancelled September 4 and 5
Please don’t forget that Parent Teacher Interviews are on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 September in the Campus Hall. Your booking code is 4vsgv. There will be NO Co-curricular activities that week.

Trial of New Lunch Arrangements
We are going to trial new lunch arrangements, with lunch provided by the Baranduda Store on a Friday (excluding Hot Lunch Fridays), starting Friday 1 September.  Parents will receive a letter shortly but, in the interim, here are some details about how the new arrangement will work.
Process :

  • Order only from a set menu provided by Baranduda Store
  • Order to be written on a paper bag, with correct money (change is not available), student’s name and their class
  • The order is to be at the office by 3pm the previous day
  • Orders will be filled and delivered on Fridays before 10.50am
  • Lunch Monitors will deliver lunches to students.

Menu
Salads:
Salad Tub $5.60
Chicken and salad tub $6.60
Ham and salad tub $6.60

Sandwiches:  
Ham & Salad $5.50
Chicken & Salad $5.50
Ham, Cheese & Lettuce $5.00
Ham & Tomato $4.80
Ham, Chicken or Tuna $4.30
Salad $4.30
Chicken & Lettuce s    $4.80
Cheese $3.20
Vegemite $2.80

  • Any sandwich available in a wrap for extra $1.00
  • Bread Roll (instead of sandwich) extra $1.00
  • Plain Bread Roll – buttered $1.00
  • Gluten free rolls available $2.00

Other
Chicken/sweet chilli wrap $5.50
Toasted cheese sandwich $3.70
Toasted ham cheese sandwich $5.00
Apple/Orange/Banana $1.00
Corn cobette   $1.40
Carrot Stick/s $1.00
Yoghurt-Yoplait low fat $2.30

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From Performing Arts Co-Curricular

Mrs Emma Mancer

Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod
Senior School Achievements
Junior School Achievements
Individual Achievements

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Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod
Trinity, once again, was well represented at the Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod this year. I would like to congratulate all of the soloists and groups who performed over the four weeks of the eisteddfod in Drama, Dance, Music and Debating. Trinity representatives performed very well across both the Junior and Senior Schools.

Senior School Achievements
I would like to acknowledge the following senior school groups who won their section:

  • The Dynamites – 1st Secondary School Vocal Acapella
  • Jazz Quintet – 1st Secondary band under 15 members with vocals
  • Girls drama group – 1st unscripted play Years 9-10
  • Girls drama group – overall high score winner, unscripted play
  • Girls drama group – 1st improvisation Years 9-10
  • Boys drama group – 1st improvisation Years 11-12

Well done also to the Year 8 debating team for winning one of their debates as well as the Year 9 debating team, senior choir, rock band and the flute trio for outstanding performances.

Junior School Achievements
Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the fantastic efforts from Junior School students at the Eisteddfod. Congratulations to the following ensembles which won their sections:

  • Ellington Band – 1st Junior Secondary Orchestra and Bands
  • Junior Strings Ensemble – 1st in the Primary schools orchestra and bands section
  • Wodonga Junior Choir – 1st in the Primary combined choir under 15 voices section.

Also a special mention to the Albury Junior Choir who gave a wonderful performance on the day.

Individual Achievements
Many Trinity students also competed in individual categories throughout the festival with great success. I would like to congratulate the following students who won special awards for their performances.

  • Elloise O’Connor (Yr 10), who won the best senior overall drama performer for the eisteddfod and was first in the 16 years and under aggregate
  • Gracer Draper (Yr 11), who won the Anne Whale Encouragement Special Award
  • Arwen Porter (Yr 9), who won the silver championship for woodwind
  • Tom Summerfield (Yr 9), who won the piano gold championship and the best all round professional performance award in piano.
  • Sarah McDiarmid (Yr 11), who won the best all round professional performance award in woodwind
  • Iona Kelly (Yr 3) and Annabelle Tan (Yr 2), who tied for first for the 8 years and under age champion
  • Samuele Vaccaro ( Yr 5), who was first in the 12 years and under age champion aggregate
  • Zahlia Kelly (Yr 4) and Samuele  Vaccaro (Yr 5) who tied for the highest mark in light and humorous – overall (junior age 6-12)
  • Zoey Ong, who was awarded highest mark overall Australian and highest mark overall own choice (Junior 6-12 years)
  • Alessandro Vaccaro (Yr 3), who was awarded highest score across the age groups for character in costume recital

Congratulations to all students who were involved in this large local event.

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From around the College

From the Canteen
From the French Department
HSC exhibition and performance evening
From the Library

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From the Canteen

New! Individual plain soy milk $1.50 with flavoured Sippah straw $2, Hot dogs now in wholemeal rolls (thank you Thurgoona Bakery)

 

Roster
Term 3 Week 6
Monday 28 August
Tuesday 29
Wednesday 30
Thursday 31 – Monica Catalan
Friday 1 September – Monica Catalan

Week 7
Monday 4 September
Tuesday 5
Wednesday 6
Thursday 7 – Monica Catalan
Friday 8 – Monica Catalan


 

 

From the French Department

Oral French exams
Year 12 French students have been working hard on their oral French and completed their final French oral exam on Saturday 19 August. We have had many native French and expert French speakers to work with them over recent weeks and all went into their oral exam with confidence. The examiner was very pleasant and spoke clearly and at a good pace. They were all pleased when it was all over. Now for the final written exams in October! Thanks to all the native speakers and expert speakers who gave their time over recent weeks to support our Year 12 students.

 

HSC exhibition and performance evening

Design and Technology, Visual Arts and Music HSC students will showcase their work on September 4.
Design and Technology and Visual Arts students will exhibit their major projects and bodies of work on the 4 September between 5.30-7pm in the Technology Centre, Thurgoona campus. There will be light refreshments available. The exhibition will precede the music performance of the Year 12 students at 7pm which will be held in the Drama Room. This performance will showcase all HSC performance pieces.

 

From the Library – Miss Megan Sutton

Book Week and Premier’s Reading Challenge
Book Week has been running at Trinity this week. Students have been invited to participate in a variety of activities each day during lunch time

 

Book Week
Book Week has been running at Trinity this week. Students have been invited to participate in a variety of activities each day during lunch time. We have seen some colourful posters being made, buddy reading, creative bookmark designs and students entering the many competitions available. We would like to remind you that the Book Week dress up parade for Junior School students will be held this Friday in the Hall at 9.05am. The excitement has been building and students and teachers are looking forward to this fun day.

Premiers Reading Challenge
Premiers Reading Challenge has been running since March this year. This has been an optional activity. It is almost time for this challenge to end. A friendly reminder to students who have participated this year, that this Friday is the last day for students in Years 3 to 6 to upload their books on the PRC website. Please see Miss Sutton if you have any questions.

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